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{August 25, 2013}   7 Time-Saving iPad Tips For Teachers – Edudemic – Edudemic

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7 Time-Saving iPad Tips For Teachers

The iPad is a great tool for a classroom. It will soon be the case that any educator will feel as though the iPad is entirely necessary. One of the reasons for this is because it is a tool that quashes inequality in the classroom. Children with disabilities have been able to use iPads and work at the same speed as the other children. Another reason for the popularity of this machine is because it makes the educator’s job easier. They can teach better than ever before, but only if they know how to use it properly. Here are some iPad tips:

Use your thumbs

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If one splits the keyboard into two parts then they can easily type by using their thumbs. Splitting the keyboard is done by tapping and holding the keyboard key – which is to the bottom right corner of the keyboard – and then choosing the option that offers to split the keyboard. Unlocking the keyboard would be a good idea too, just in case it happens to be in the way at some point.

Definition

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The iPad has a built-in dictionary, and it is one that students can use themselves. If a student – or a teacher, for that matter – comes across a word they aren’t familiar with, they can click and hold the word and select the Define option until the meaning is known. To exit the dictionary one only needs to click somewhere outside of its text.

Spoken word

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This is one of the features that help bring together a classroom of students with differing abilities. The iPad can read to students, which is an essential feature for children with visual impairments, but also great for children who have difficulty reading.

Mirroring

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An iPad can be connected to a screen or projector so that they mirror each other. This will allow the teacher to check if the students are following the task properly without having to stand over their shoulders. It is an interesting feature to experiment with.

Zooming

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This sounds a bit like an extreme sport, doesn’t it? But when I write Zooming I am referring to quite a tried and tested unexciting feature. This feature, however familiar it might be, benefits those with visual impairments greatly. If equality is going to be achieved within a classroom then this feature is one that must be conquered.

Add to reading list

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This isn’t a feature that works across all of the applications on an iPad, but it’s still important to know about because of how well it works with the speaking accessory (see the spoken word section). The ‘add to reading list’ option, when selected, removes advertisements and other distractions.

Create (yes, create) content

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Creating content is what students should do most of all. The iPad (used widely in Denmark for these purposes too) is king for creative thinking, and the content created on these devices are what it’s all about. Students can create films, songs, maps, and just about anything. It’s essential that an educator learn what can be created on an iPad so that they can unearth the next David Lynch or John Lennon.

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